A film by a Rockford native has been picked up by Hulu following a win at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
According to Deadline, Bing Liu’s film “Minding the Gap” will be released theatrically in key markets in the U.S. and on Hulu on August 17th.
The film, shot in Rockford, chronicles the life and friendships of the filmmaker’s skateboarding friends over 12 years, following 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job.
Liu says “Minding the Gap” started as a skate video and became a film that connected themes of skateboarding and violence in the home.
“When I first started developing Minding the Gap,” said Bing Liu, “I knew I wanted it to be accessible to young audiences, so I’m enthused with the reach the film will have as a Hulu Original. The film has elicited strong emotional responses with festival viewers around the world, so I’m happy with Hulu’s plans for a theatrical release and an outreach campaign to engage audiences in discussing the issues the film explores. I’m infinitely grateful for the friends and collaborators who’ve made the film possible, especially the brave participants of the film.”
“Minding the Gap” won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking a the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and has since received over twenty-five further accolades and awards at festivals.